USD Student Wins Sioux City Press Scholarship

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VERMILLION, S.D. — A University of South Dakota Media & Journalism student from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, won this year’s Greater Sioux City (Iowa) Press Club’s Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship.

Kayla Dorhout, who plans to graduate in May, received $1,000 toward her education. She has worked for a community cable TV station in Minnesota, a statewide cable system in South Dakota, interned at KDLT-TV (NBC) in Sioux Falls and currently anchors for USD’s student-run TV station and writes for its newspaper, The Volante.

"She is a polished, well-spoken reporter who knows how to handle television or radio, as well as print and online platforms,” said Michelle Van Maanen, USD Media & Journalism chair. "Kayla is someone who understands the business and she is positioning herself for an outstanding media career.”

Luken, who died of cancer in March 2015, started as a reporter at the Sioux City Journal in 1963 and worked her way up to managing editor until her retirement in 2006. She was a charter member of the Greater Sioux City Press Club and initiated its scholarship for college journalism students in 1975.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News